Personalize your wrapping paper with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared toward the holidays. This week, I’m showing you how to perfectly wrap your holiday presents for the best gift giving ever. Read on to see how to turn your #AEOGIFTS into a work of art!

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What you need:
Pompom ribbon
Pink ‘Cheer’ gift wrap
Multicolored pompoms
Circular necklace holder
Yarn in ‘Grenadine’
Stamp set
Wrapping paper

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Pom poms: Embellish your printed wrapping by gluing on pom poms. A simple upgrade that make your present infinitely more fun!

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Puff: Use this tutorial to create a bright pink gift topper.

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Printed paper: Instead of using wrapping paper and use Letter stamps to create a personalized message with letter stamps and ink.

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Pom pom trim: You can NEVER have enough pom poms! Outline your gifts in the festive trim for a pop of color.

Show us how you are wrapping your holiday gifts with #AEOGIFTS on Instagram and Twitter!

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Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with a party? Last month we invited our favorite NYC bloggers to join us for some holiday fun with Aerie’s Fit and Style Expert, Jenny Altman and the queen of DIY herself Jenni Radosevich from I SPY DIY.

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Christina from Minnie in Manhattan and Justine from Pretty in Pistachio looking festive in our Fuzzy Beanie.

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Bloggers got a sneak peek of our holiday collection and favorite gifts of the season. Heather from Fashionista NY Girl had her eye on our Blanket Scarf in Holiday Red.

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Party goers indulged their sweet tooth with a cup of hot chocolate from our do-it-yourself hot chocolate bar. Treat yo self? Don’t mind if we do!

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

And what Aerie party would be completely without adorable, mix and match Pajama Tops and Pants cookies?

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party Jenni from I SPY DIY showed blogger babes how to bedazzle a Aerie Fuzzy Beanie with the perfect amount of bling. Jordan from Opal and Violet mastered the art of glue gun.

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Let’s take a selfie! Alex from Lex What Wear and Jackie from Living After Midnite loved their bedazzled beanies.

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Carina from The Fashion Student posed for a photo before checking out the holiday collection.

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Olivia from The Corporate Catwalk, Jackie from Living After Midnite and Alex from Lex What Wear.

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Bloggers got the VIP treatment, complete with bra fittings and style advice from Aerie’s Fit and Style Expert, Jenny Altman. Jenny takes a break from fittings to snap a photo with Wendy from Nitrolicious.

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Karina and Toni from Under the Sweater leave the party all smiles with Aerie totes filled with goodies!

‘Til next year!

xo,

Aerie

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Make a Cozy Stripe Sweater Pillow with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared toward the holidays. This week, I’m showing you how to make a holiday-inspired pillow from an AEO sweater plus a bonus pillow, just for fun. They’re perfect for lazy afternoon naps (and also for a little holiday inspiration year round).

Final4 (2)What you need:
AEO Shag Striped Sweater
Scissors
Needle and thread
Fray Block (optional)

What to do:
Step 1: Cut off the sleeves and the neckline of the sweater to create a square.

Sweaterpillow_step1Tip: If needed, use fray block to stop unraveling.

Sweaterpillow_step2Step 2: Turn sweater inside out. Then, whip stitch the neck and arm holes closed.

Sweaterpillow_step3Step 3: Turn right side out, and put pillow inside.

Sweaterpillow_step4Step 4: Whip stitch the bottom with matching thread to close.

Sweaterpillow_step5Done!

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Pom Pom Printed Holiday Pillow:

FinalWhat you need:
Carving Block
Carver with assorted cutters
Fabric Ink pad
Pillow Case
Yarn
Scissors

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What to do:
Step 1: Draw your tree design on the carving block.

Treepillow_Step0Step 2: Carve away everything outside of the tree.

Treepillow_step1Step 3: Press stamp into ink and create a pattern on your pillow.

Treepillow_Step2To make the pom pom:
Wrap yarn around three fingers.

Treepillow_step4Next, take the yarn off your hand and tie another piece around the middle of the yarn, tie in a knot.

Treepillow_step5Then, cut the loops.

Treepillow_step6Trim uneven ends.

Treepillow_step7Next, sew pom poms on to your pillow corners.

Treepillow_step9And your Done!

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Enjoy your festive new holiday pillows and be sure to check back next week for another holiday inspired DIY project.

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Create a DIY mug with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared for the holiday season. This week, I put together a fun DIY project for you to do while you are cozied up by the fire after Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the perfect project to create for your friends (or yourself) this holiday season.

Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminski

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What you need:
Mug
Tissue paper
Dishwater safe ModPodge
Brush
Cute heart print gloves (optional) ;)

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What to do:

Step 1: Rip off smaller pieces of tissue paper.

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Step 2: Spread ModPodge on mug.

IMG_8451Step 3: Place tissue paper pieces, then paint over the top with ModPodge. Let dry.

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And Voila, You are done! Now it’s time to relax with some hot cocoa out of your new mug!

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How to make Tartan Patchwork Jeans with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared for the holiday season. My first project? I’m showing you how to take your favorite jeggings to the next level with vegan leather and tartan flannel patch details. Read on for my step-by-step guide that will make your jeggings the envy of every holiday party.

Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminski

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 Take your denim to the next level with flannel and leather detailing.

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What you’ll need:
Black Jeggings
Vegan Leather
Plaid Boxers
Fabric glue
Blade or scissors

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What to do:

Step1Step 1: Cut a few slits and square holes into your jeggings.

Step2Step 2: For extra distressing,try this shredding technique.

Step3Step 3: Cut square patches from your plaid boxers and faux leather.

Step4Step 4: Put patches in place.

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Step 5: Turn jean inside out and use fabric glue to attach to the inside of your jeans. Let dry. Done!

My Outfit:
Faux Shearling Moto Jacket
Graphic Love T-shirt
Black Jeggings
Plaid Blanket Scarf
Double Zip Bootie

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Do a distressed denim DIY

Do a distressed denim DIY

Denim is a garment that’s all about individuality. Every day that we wear them, they change: telling the story about what we do in them and who we are. It’s why people are so fiercely committed to their favorite pair, wearing them until they practically disintegrate on their bodies.  For people who want a truly unique look but don’t want to wait years and years, denim distressing is something you can do at home with just a few simple tools and tricks.

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Know Your Starting Material:
The type of denim you start with will ultimately affect how it wears over time. Denim can be anywhere from 6 ounces (per square yard) in weight up to 20+ ounces. The heavier the denim, the more resilient it will be to wear and tear. It’s important to know where your denim falls in the spectrum, since the weight and amount of distressing you do will greatly affect how long your pair of jeans will last.

Tools of the Trade:
Because how denim wears is such a part of our love affair with blue jeans, brands purposely fade and age their denim to give it a vintage, worn look. For your distressing project, all you need are some items found around the house.

  • Sandpaper (preferably 220 grit or higher): For light distressing and breaking down the denim fabric.
    Single-edge razor blade: For ‘scraping’ away surface threads and cutting seams.
    Scissors: For full-on hole making.
    Block of wood or deck of cards: As a backing to ensure an even surface and that you only distress one layer at a time.
    Bleach: Only for the bold. Make sure to place cardboard under the affected surface to avoid bleeding.

Know Your Natural Wear:
When distressing denim, it’s important to work horizontally across the fabric, since that will break down the ‘warp’ threads and leave the ‘weft’ (vertical threads) intact. Distress the appropriate areas for a look that’s authentic for you.

  • The Knees: Work horizontally with light sandpaper to preserve the weft fibers if you don’t want a full-on hole. Or go at it with scissors for a blown-out rock ‘n roll look.
    Back Pockets: To imitate ‘wallet wear’, take a deck of cards or block of wood and place it in the pocket before sanding.
    Upper Thighs and Backs of Knees: This is where ‘whiskering’ occurs because of how the denim folds and creases. To re-create this look, you’ll have to lightly sand the jeans while wearing them to ensure the right look.
    Side Seams: This is an area where ‘less is more’, because they’re a key structural component of jeans. Lightly sandpaper side seam from the knee up for an authentic look, but be careful not to go too far or your jeans will fall apart on you.

Washing:
Though many people may not think about it, how you wash your denim can affect how it looks in a big way. Ultimately, a rule of thumb for increasing the life of your jeans is to wash them once a month or less.
To lock in the color of your denim, add one cup of white vinegar and a quarter cup of salt to the wash and follow the wash label instructions.

Drying Your Denim:
Since it’s made from cotton, how you dry your denim can greatly affect how it will fit you over multiple washes.

  • Outdoor Drying: This is a general no-no, since exposure to the sun will weaken the denim fibers and also ‘bleach’ your jeans over time.
    Air-Drying: When air-drying, lay the jeans flat. Since denim gets quite heavy when wet, hanging the jeans will result in stretching, ruining the fit.
    On-Body Drying: Purist swear by wearing your denim wet and letting it dry on your body, claiming that it’s the only way to get truly form-fitting jeans.
    Machine Drying: While this is okay for pre-shrunk denim, higher-end raw denim should never see the inside of a dryer, since it’s prone to shrinking up to 10%.

Avoiding the Wash:
If you’re going to go hardcore and avoid washing your jeans for months on end, it’s important to give them a break every now and then. Though the concept of a ‘freezer’ wash – putting your jeans in the freezer to kill odor-causing bacteria – is popular, scientists have proven that it doesn’t work. The best option? For every few days you wear them, let them hang in a well-ventilated closet for a day to allow odor-causing elements to disperse.

No Matter What, It’s Going to Take Time:
With all denim distressing, the old adage ‘less is more’ is worth noting. Even though you may want blown-out holes or intense shredding on your jeans, those things will occur through natural wear; all you want to do is get the process started. Go too far with your distressing and the denim won’t last. The best elements that go into making a pair of jeans uniquely ‘you’ come with time and patience.

Source URLs:
http://dfw.cbslocal.com/top-lists/ask-a-dfw-expert-how-to-distress-your-jeans/
http://jeans.about.com/od/Jeans101/tp/The-Ultimate-Guide-To-How-To-Wash-Your-Jeans.htm
http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/22/opinion/robbins-you-should-wash-your-jeans/

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